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1 Free software can satisfactorily meet the needs of students and faculty for online teaching and learning; Implementing Moodle at Medical Faculty in Zagreb Milan Taradi, Sunčana Kukolja Taradi, Marinko V. Marijanović, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Medicine, ZAGREB, CROATIA

2 Planning and design The aim of this presentation is to help instructors in developing a distance learning system Introduction Choosing e-learning platform Why Moodle? Course Platform Evaluation Report Conclusion

3 Objectives Using ICT to support curriculum and quality. The provision of flexible learning opportunities. To extend learning beyond the classroom. Students track their own progress. Deliver multimedia and standard documented lesson content for learners on demand.

4 Virtual learning environment (VLE) A virtual learning environment is a set of teaching and learning tools designed to enhance student's learning experience by including computers and the Internet in the learning process.

5 Virtual learning environment Offer a number of benefits to universities such as: anytime, anybody, anywhere access, improved motivation, access to higher learning styles, opportunities for independent learning, better integration of information and communication technology (ICT) tools better track of student progress and administration

6 Stages of development of VLE 1. "Lone rangers" 2. The pressure of lone rangers on the university administration to provide help and resources 3. The rapid uncoordinated activity 4. The development of institutional strategy 5. High quality use of e-learning

7 Learning Management System Learning Content Management System LMS consists of an infrastructure platform that allows the tracking and assembling of courses in to collections such as academic or training programs. LCMS consists of an infrastructure designed to create, deliver, manage, and reuse instructional content.

8 Two Choices component off-the-shelf software that allows creation of course materials, audio slide lectures, animations, discussion forums, chat groups, , and so forth integrated packages that contain a number of the same features, but are lacking in other significant areas

9 Software for Online Teaching Commercial products product bombardment (more than 3000) Hosting service supported web hosting OpenSource build from free code

10 Choosing How much will we manage? What features are of highest importance? What do we want/need? Do we need to be standards compliant (IMS, SCORM, etc.)? How much connectivity with other systems in the institution will we need? What kind of support will we need? What is the strength of our Information Technology department and how much support will they provide to us? How much will we spend? Is distance learning worth it?

11 Systems evaluated We installed, tested, and evaluated about 40 open source courseware..lrn Eledge LearnLoop OpenACS ATutor epice LogiCampus OpenLCMS Bazaar Fle3 LON-CAPA OpenUSS Bodington Electure Manhattan VC OSPI CHEF e-tutor MimerDesk Sakai Claroline ILIAS MIT OCW Segue ClassWeb Interact Moodle Stud.IP COSE e-jones OKI Whiteboard CourseWork KEWL OLAT Zope4Edu Dokeos LAMS OLMS

12 Systems evaluated Guidance Reference center for evaluation of courseware in e-education ( Edutools ( UNESCO ( seware_tools%2findex.shtml&d=1) Seul/Edu

13 Choosing Moodle instead of a commercial VLE Of the systems evaluated, Moodle offered the greatest range of features and ease of use. Moodle is supported by a large developer community and it is free. We noticed no significant functionality that is not supported by Moodle. Moodle has been integrated with a variety of other systems (Debian package, Mambo). The only thing missing is the price tag for the software. URL address:

14 Using Moodle in the world nearly sites in 142 countries with over 1.6 million users in courses from a single-teacher site to a 40,000- student University 70 language

15 Results

16 Resources Hardware The system resides on a 2 processor PC based server. Software OS is Solaris 9 (prior was Linux) All software is Open Source (Apache, Moodle, Edukalibre Moodle Collab, PHP, Perl, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Sendmail, Webmin, LDAP)

17 General Easy installation Multilingual Student's Environment No frames Flexible Authentication Scheme Security

18 Characteristics functionality integration with other systems and services easy configuration ease maintain reliability scalable

19 We begun with Development static web site (1995) document, power point presentations, a shift from the idea of static to dynamic content (1999) forums, asynchronous communication, forms a shift from the idea of the web as medium to the idea of the web as platform the implementation of an e-learning system (2001) With Moodle (version ) we started in august 2002.

20 Gathering and Organizing Content Static content includes web pages, documents, images, audio and video. Interactive content includes quizzes, animations and other related materials. Social Interaction includes discussion boards, chat, exchanges and related interactions.

21 3 years later the number of courses is 18 the number of teacher is 8 the enrollment is about 120 students per year 1 GB of teaching material produced total count of user login is about the system is stabile easy maintain

22 The courses 3 years later Regulation of Acid-base Balance, Physiology, Immunology (courses in MD programs in Croatian and in English), Self-assessment and Summative Assessment in E-education, The Art of Medical Education (courses for younger teachers), Ophthalmology: Tears System (permanent doctors education) Telemedicine (PhD program).

23 Example of course Permanent doctors education

24 Students opinion Students experiences and viewpoints where gathered through surveys. Students not only learned more when online lectures were added to traditional courses, but student interaction and satisfaction improved as well. The best way is blended learning, which combines online with face-to-face learning.

25 Obstacles and solutions missing of institutional support staff participation staff training

26 Challenges The biggest problem and challenge facing most web learning sites is simply getting people to use them and to visit regular. Building a community of learners and creating an environment for learning is by no means a simple task.

27 Going further: Future plans and projects Encourage staff and student participation in contributing to VLE resources. Ensure content remains current Build the VLE into delivery, both in and out of classes. Provide access to VLE resources for mobile devices

28 Conclusions Free software, such as Moodle, can satisfactorily meet the needs of students and faculty for online teaching and learning.

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